The definition of subjective is something that is based on personal opinion.
An example of subjective is someone believing purple is the best color.
- of, affected by, or produced by the mind or a particular state of mind; of or resulting from the feelings or temperament of the subject, or person thinking; not objective; personal: a subjective judgment
- determined by and emphasizing the ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc. of the artist or writer, not just rigidly transcribing or reflecting reality
- Gram. nominative
- Philos. of or having to do with the perception or conception of a thing by the mind as opposed to its reality independent of the mind
- Med. designating or of a symptom or condition perceptible only to the patient
- existing or originating within the observer's mind or sense organs and, hence, incapable of being checked externally or verified by other persons
Origin of subjectiveMiddle English ; from Late Latin subjectivus, of the subject ; from subjectus: see subject
- a. Dependent on or taking place in a person's mind rather than the external world: “The sensation of pain is a highly subjective experience that varies by culture as well as by individual temperament and situation” (John Hoberman).b. Based on a given person's experience, understanding, and feelings; personal or individual: admitted he was making a highly subjective judgment.
- Psychology Not caused by external stimuli.
- Medicine Of, relating to, or designating a symptom or complaint perceived by a patient.
- Expressing or bringing into prominence the individuality of the artist or author.
- Grammar Relating to or being the nominative case.
- Relating to the real nature of something; essential.
- sub·jec′tive·ness, sub′jec·tiv′i·ty
(comparative more subjective, superlative most subjective)
- Pertaining to subjects as opposed to objects (A subject is one who perceives or is aware; an object is the thing perceived or the thing that the subject is aware of.)
- Formed, as in opinions, based upon a person's feelings or intuition, not upon observation or reasoning; coming more from within the observer than from observations of the external environment.
- Resulting from or pertaining to personal mindsets or experience, arising from perceptive mental conditions within the brain and not necessarily or directly from external stimuli.
- Lacking in reality or substance.
- As used by Carl Jung, the innate worldview orientation of the introverted personality types.
- (philosophy, psychology) Experienced by a person mentally and not directly verifiable by others.